Tested on animals:Yes
This cleanser/scrub hybrid makes most of the same mistakes as others from Clean & Clear. The formula contains gentle cleansing agents, but also an abundance of fragrance plus fragrant plant extracts, which are a source of irritation. The scent may awaken your senses, but your skin won’t like it; even if you can’t see the irritation,it’s taking place nonetheless (see More Info for details on how irritation from excess fragrance damages skin).
If the high amount of fragrance weren’t bad enough, this product also contains the irritating menthol derivative menthyl lactate. Its tingle may seem refreshing, but it’s a sure sign your skin is being irritated.
In the end, the best way to brighten your skin is to use a gentle cleanser and a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant followed by a serum and moisturizer loaded with skin-beneficial ingredients to make your skin look healthier, smoother, and younger.
- Contains strong fragrance and fragrant plant extract that can irritate skin.
- Menthol derivative menthyl lactate is a source of irritation, not invigoration.
- A scrub simply cannot provide the same level of benefits as a well-formulated AHA or BHA exfoliant.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. If you have oily skin, irritation can trigger more oil production at the base of pores. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)